The Big Exchange- Reciprocal Admission to 33 San Diego Cultural Sites

Written by Danielle Susalla Deery on Wednesday, April 20, 2016 - Read 3441 times
Keira at the New Children's Museum

The Big Exchange- Reciprocal Admission to 33 San Diego Cultural Sites

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The New Children's Museum

Being a museum member has many exciting benefits. Not only are you able to bring your family to a fun and educational venue, now you can use your membership to get into other museums for free during The Big Exchange, May 1-18, 2016. There are 33 San Diego Museums participating in this promotion including major museums such as the USS Midway Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, and Mingei International Museum thanks to the San Diego Museum Council. All you have to do is show that you are a member of one of the participating museums and you get free admission to all 33 museums.

Since my family is a member of a couple museums in town including the San Diego Museum of Art and The New Children’s Museum I am excited to visit a few museums that I don’t have a membership to, but I have wanted to explore. I plan on visiting the Birch Aquarium, Japanese Friendship Garden, San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum, and the San Diego Natural History Museum (theNAT). I hope you take advantage of this great opportunity to explore some of San Diego’s amazing cultural organizations that connect you with art, music, history, nature, animals, surfing and more!


San Diego Museum of Art

Here is a list of all the participating organizations:

Barona Museum & Cultural Center
Birch Aquarium
Bonita Museum
California Surf Museum
Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum
Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House
Heritage of the Americas Museum
Japanese Friendship Garden
Living Coast Discovery Center
Maritime Museum of San Diego
Marston House Museum & Garden/SOHO
Mingei International Museum
Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego
Museum of Making Music
Museum of Photographic Arts
Oceanside Museum of Art
San Diego Archaeological Center
San Diego Automotive Museum
San Diego Children's Discovery Museum
San Diego Chinese Historical Museum
San Diego History Center
San Diego Model Railroad Museum
San Diego Natural History Museum (theNAT)
The New Children's Museum
The San Diego Museum of Art
Timken Museum of Art
USS Midway Museum
Veterans Museum at Balboa Park
Visions Art Museum
Warner-Carillo Ranch House Museum
Water Conservation Garden
Whaley House Museum
Women's Museum of California

Please note: Balboa Park Explorer Pass holders are not included in this program. Each membership is reciprocal, per guest or membership status. For more information visit:

Danielle Susalla Deery

Danielle Susalla Deery is an Independent Curator, Adjunct Art History Professor, San Diego museum aficionado, mother and former Director of Exhibits and Communications at Oceanside Museum of Art.

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